Definition of muscle-bound in US English:



  • Having well-developed or overdeveloped muscles.

    ‘the muscle-bound bartender’
    • ‘For all his posturing, the Governator doesn't seem to understand that there's more to strength then simply being a muscle-bound gym bunny and posing in nothing but thong underwear and a thick coat of oil.’
    • ‘The guy on the treadmill in front of me was muscle-bound, had a shaved head, and was wearing one of those tank tops with armholes cut down to his waist.’
    • ‘And we had some characters that were portly, rather than muscle-bound.’
    • ‘Their books hold over 800 models ranging in age from 18 to 100 years old, and in style: sexy glamour models, tattooed ladies, muscle-bound jocks, biker boys and very curvy chicks.’
    • ‘Lined up alongside bulkier, muscle-bound rivals, he looks like the underdog.’
    • ‘In those days, weight training was frowned upon as coaches thought it would make athletes muscle-bound, hampering performance.’
    • ‘Now I know the stereotypical image of a bouncer is a muscle-bound ape with no brains but most of the time, once I explain I have cancer and the equipment is medicinal instead of recreational, I get whisked to the front of the queue.’
    • ‘With his cane, his downcast eyes, and bandy legged gait, he is the antithesis of Hollywood muscle-bound steroid cases.’
    • ‘I certainly know that if I had to wear one of those tight pairs of shorts and parade around in front of the regular, muscle-bound gorillas who seem to live in fitness centres, I'm sure I'd begin to feel even more stressed out.’
    • ‘The behemoth's neck was too stout and muscle-bound, though, for his choke-hold to be effectual.’
    • ‘He is careful with his weightlifting, not wanting to get muscle-bound, which would rob him of the upper-body flexibility he needs to produce bat speed.’
    • ‘Paul dreamt he was a strong, muscle-bound titan.’
    • ‘Contrary to what many believe, student-athletes on the football team are not the bunch of muscle-bound, barbaric bimbos that we are so often perceived to be.’
    • ‘It is, in short, not the sort of thing you'd expect a muscle-bound, tattooed bleeding lunatic to be publishing.’
    • ‘Fast bowlers are supposed to be muscle-bound hunks who stride around with a permanent scowl, not cheerful lads with blonde highlights and a good sense of humour who end every sentence with ‘mate’.’
    • ‘The other young man is not very tall, a bit too muscle-bound for my taste, and has that short spiky hair almost-shaved-at-the-side that I find most unattractive.’
    • ‘Hampered by a name that was unpronounceable, together with a heavy accent, he was relegated to playing muscle-bound clods in a string of second-rate films.’
    • ‘Of course, there are two sides to every coin and not all bouncers are muscle-bound, impotent meatheads.’
    • ‘Though not exactly muscle-bound, he had a strong, athletic build.’
    • ‘But they admit that the rewards for success are so great that athletes continue to pump up their already muscle-bound bodies to lift even heavier weights.’
    big, burly, heavy, tall, bulky, thickset, heavyset, chunky, strapping, powerfully built, hefty, muscular, brawny, muscly, husky, solid, powerful, sturdy, solidly built, broad-shouldered, strong, big and strong, rugged, herculean
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/ˈməsəl ˌbound//ˈməsəl ˌbaʊnd/